Growing Gardens

Our garden programs make it easy for you to grow your own garden.

Gardening is core to Growing Hope. Our garden programs help people of all ages learn to grow and eat healthy food. How we have supported new and returning gardeners has evolved as we’ve seen the needs of gardeners change over time. In 2017 we are adjusting our garden programs and resources to have the most impact with families who may have barriers to growing their own food at home. There are still many ways our garden programs serve gardeners of all income and experience levels, and we need everyone to make our garden community strong.


Home Vegetable Garden Installation

Growing Hope’s Home Vegetable Garden Program address food insecurity in Ypsilanti through empowering eligible participants to grow their own home gardens. We help install raised bed vegetable gardens in homes while providing garden resources and support throughout the growing season. In return, we ask participants to track their harvest and complete surveys. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 Home Vegetable Garden Program.  

2017 Application
How to Track Your Harvest
Garden Progress Form

Find a Community Garden

There are countless community gardens throughout Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County! For the complete list of community gardens near you, click here!

Although Growing Hope does not manage these gardens, we have provided gardening support to many in the past. Several of these gardens have gone through Growing Hope’s Garden Leadership Training. Many of these groups offer plots for community members to garden and are a great opportunity to get to know neighbors, learn more about gardening and have access to space for growing that people might not have otherwise. Each garden is set up different and they are not all plot-rental or communal gardens.  Please email the garden steward listed under each community garden for more information.

Garden Consultations and Trainings

Growing Hope offers our expertise in garden design and planning for homes, businesses, schools, community gardens, and any other space a garden could be built! Whether you’re a new gardener looking for advice on where to place your raised beds and what crops to plant, or you’re a seasoned gardener looking for training on how to organize a community garden we can support you.

Please visit our Garden Services page for more information and to fill out a request form

Growing Gardens Membership

Growing Hope will no longer offer our Growing Garden Membership program to individual households and community gardens. Instead, we will focus our free garden resources on participants in our Home Vegetable Garden Program. For community gardens, we are still happy to provide fiscal agency and insurance coverage.

Many past Growing Gardens members look forward to free seeds and seedlings. Only Home Vegetable Garden households and alums will receive free seeds and seedlings, as we focus these resources to those who may have barriers to otherwise purchasing them. Others can shop at Growing Hope’s YpsiPlanti Garden Supply which offers a variety of veggie, fruit, and herb plants. Because of our continuing dedication to making gardening accessible, we are again offering 25% discount at YpsiPlanti to Bridge Card holders (i.e. SNAP or WIC families). We’ll also be starting a new frequent shopper rewards program.

While Growing Hope will not offer a full Seed Starting Squad program, we encourage people to purchase seed starting kits from YpsiPlanti Garden Supply and borrow from our stock of light stands for a small deposit. Everyone still has access to Growing Hope’s Lending Libraries (tools, light stands, canning supplies, and books). If you need to borrow something you think we have, just drop a line at

For more information on the Lending Libraries, please follow the links below:

Tool Lending Library: Flyer
Tool Lending Library: Guidelines & Wavier
Light Stand Lending: Guidelines & Wavier

Veggucation Workshops
Explore gardening and cooking with Growing Hope ‘s Veggucation workshops,classes, demonstrations, and tastings.  Whether at our demonstration farm, in our certified kitchen space, or out in the community, we aim to motivate you to start growing, cooking and eating more seasonal, local produce in order to benefit your health and wellness. Each workshop will provide you with the essential skills to make this the best garden season ever! Stay tuned for garden and cooking workshops in 2017!
Pre-Registration is Required for Workshops and Classes: Classes will fill up so register early.
Cancellation Policy: Classes and Workshops will be cancelled unless the minimum enrollment of five attendees is met. Veggucations cancelled by Growing Hope due to low enrollment, weather, or closure will automatically be fully refunded. You’ll be notified of a cancellation 24 hours prior to the start of the program.

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